NATIONAL DATABASE ON SEXUAL OFFENDERS:

The first-of-its-kind national sex offenders’ registry launched with the names and details of some 4.4 lakh people convicted for various sexual offences across the country.

The database is for those convicted for sexual offences 2005 onwards.

It includes name, address, photograph and fingerprint details of the convict.

A Home Ministry statement said the database would not compromise any individual’s privacy.

India became the ninth country in the world to have a National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO), accessible only to law enforcement agencies for the purpose of “investigation and monitoring”.

The database will be maintained by the National Crime Records Bureau, that will also track whether the State police were updating the records on time.

The database will include offenders convicted under charges of rape, gang rape, Protection of Children from Sexual Offenders Act (POCSO) and eve teasing.

The data will stay stored for 15 years in case of those identified as ‘low danger’, 25 years for those posing ‘moderate danger’ and a lifetime for habitual offenders, violent criminals, and convicts in gangrape and custodial rapes.

CYBERCRIME PORTAL LAUNCHED:

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, launched another portal, cybercrime.gov.in, that will receive complaints from citizens on objectionable online content related to child pornography, child sexual abuse material, and sexually explicit material such as rape and gang rape.

 This will not only aid the victims/complainants but also help the civil society organisations and responsible citizens to anonymously report such complaints.

The complaints registered through this portal will be handled by police authorities of respective State/UTs.

There are other features, such as a victim or complainant can track his/her report by opting for ‘report and track’ option using his/her mobile number.

POCSO;

The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) 2012 was established to protect the children against offences like sexual abuse, sexual harassment and pornography.

It was formed to provide a child-friendly system for trial underneath which the perpetrators could be punished.

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